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Teens Using Ecstasy:  What Parents Need to Know

Many parents today have heard about teens using Ecstasy, but would they know if their own teen was one of them?  Anyone with teenage children should educate themselves about the warning signs of Ecstasy and other club drugs to prevent their child from serious health consequences from this dangerous drug.

Additionally, parents should know what Ecstasy is and how it affects the mind and body of unsuspecting users.  It is important to note that most of the Ecstasy users are unaware of the possible dangers they are facing each time they use the drug.  If a parent is informed, they can pass the knowledge on to their child and hopefully convince him or her to avoid experimenting with Ecstasy.

Most Teens Using Ecstasy Don’t Know the Potential Dangers

To understand the potential dangers of Ecstasy, you should know how it affects the user physically and mentally.  Ecstasy is a slang term used for MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine).  The pills come in a variety of colors and are often stamped with unusual logos. People often crush the pills to be snorted or injected.  Street names for Ecstasy are Adam, Xtc, X, Hug, Go, Hug Drug, Beans and Love Drug.

Teens love the drug because it gives them a sense of increased energy, euphoria, and enhanced feelings of empathy or closeness with others.  It allows the user to remain awake for many hours of partying and dancing.  Unfortunately, it also allows the individual to overdo it and suffer serious health problems, including death.

Needless to say, most teens are guilty of innocently following the crowd.  They think that if everyone else is doing something, it should be okay for them to do it also.  None of them want to hear about the possibility of adverse reactions such as:

  • heat stroke
  • fainting
  • kidney failure
  • high blood pressure
  • rapid heart rate
  • dehydration
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness

Teens want to have the ultimate party experience and Ecstasy provides what they want.  They don’t want to think about the dangers, so it helps if parents are aware of the facts and can act as an advocate on behalf of their child.

Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Abuse

Most parents trust their teens and don’t want to feel as if they are snooping or being overly cautious.  However, if your teen is abusing Ecstasy, you want to do all you can to avoid harm to your child.  For that reason, the following list of signs and symptoms of Ecstasy abuse will help you know whether your teen is abusing Ecstasy.

  • Symptoms of Ecstasy abuse:
    • cravings for Ecstasy
    • panic attacks
    • anxiety
    • confusion
    • chills, sweats
    • blurred vision
    • teeth clenching
    • insomnia
    • depression
    • paranoia
    • social isolation
  • Signs of Ecstasy abuse:
    • pacifiers or lollipops (to prevent teeth grinding)
    • glow sticks
    • surgical masks
    • menthol vapor rub
    • colorful variety of pills

If you find these objects in your child’s room, don’t be afraid to talk with him or her as this will be your first step in preventing a possible tragedy.

More than 43 percent of teens and young adults met the diagnostic criteria for Ecstasy dependence, according to a report issued by the NIDA.  (The criteria state that dependence occurs when a person continues to use a substance despite their knowledge of the potential side effects.)  However, as mentioned earlier, many teens are unaware of or are in denial about the dangers they face each time they partake of this drug.

Learn the facts, know who your teen is hanging out with, and be alert to any changes in personality or physical health.  Although it is widespread across the nation, teens using Ecstasy is not harmless and they aren’t going to “outgrow it”.  In many cases, intervention by parents or professionals is the only way to save a teen from a lifetime of consequences from Ecstasy abuse.



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